Children participate in a variety of different activities to help in their development, from tutoring to sports and arts-based programs, and everything in between, and Canadian franchises are stepping up to fill this need for families across the country. There are also franchises from British Columbia to Newfoundland & Labrador that are providing services, including hair cuts, lice removal, second-hand clothing, and more, to help parents navigate the child-rearing journey.
Here, Franchise Canada highlights franchises in the children’s products & services category that are helping to simplify the lives of Canadian parents from one side of the country to the other by providing the products and services Canadian kids need to thrive.
Above Grade Level
Above Grade Level provides in-home, 1-on-1, world-class tutoring in math, English, and more. Its expertly developed, customized, proven curriculum is so effective that it ‘guarantees’ its students will improve by at least one grade level or 10 per cent.
With over $1 million invested in its teaching material and tens of thousands of student success stories over 30 years, new franchisees can have confidence in their future success. In two weeks, franchisees will learn how to run a thriving tutoring business of their very own.
Academy for Mathematics & English
The Academy for Mathematics & English is widely recognized as “The Math Tutoring Specialist” in Canada, with 29 locations in the Greater Toronto Area alone, and 40 across the country.
Using its proven and unique teaching systems, franchisees will be able to quickly and dramatically improve students’ grades in Math, English, Reading, Physics, and Chemistry. The comprehensive training program and ongoing operational support will equip franchisees with the skills and confidence to run a thriving tutoring business of their own.
Adventure Facility Franchising
Funtopia is an active family entertainment facility concept for indoor sports activities for kids aged four to 94. Funtopia consists of various sporty challenges such as climbing, ropes courses, sliding, jumping, and many, many more. With a fast-growing network of venues, Funtopia has become a hot spot for adventurers around the world.
Franchisees love the brand, culture, and business format, but the main reason franchisees love Funtopia is the resources and support they receive from corporate headquarters. The Funtopia team is comprised of development, operations, and marketing professionals focused on individual franchisee success.
Aloha Mind Math
ALOHA MIND MATH is a Complete Brain Development program created in Malaysia in 1993 for children aged five to 13. ALOHA promotes clear thinking, improved memory, and focused listening – all through the use of fun brain exercising activities and games.
ALOHA is currently offered in over 4,400 centres in 33 countries and is expanding its operations in Canada. An ALOHA franchise offer franchisees a business opportunity with a low cost investment, while working with children brings its own rewards.
Angus Valley Montessori Schools
Angus Valley Montessori Schools Inc. (AVMS) offers a superior childcare and Montessori preschool learning experience for children aged six months to six years. It emphasizes stimulating learning opportunities, custom-designed professional building environments, qualified teaching staff, and nutritional meals based on AVMS’ proprietary menus, all of which appeal to today’s discerning parents.
To ensure the future success of each franchise, AVMS secures prime locations and provides access to a support team with extensive business and operational expertise.
Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids
Beaners is a proud Canadian-based chain of children’s hair salons. Its slick and fun atmosphere appeals to children of all ages. Beaners offers a wide range of services and a full line of private label professional hair care products specially formulated for children, as well as the rest of the family. Beaners loves kids and it shows!
Franchisees receive two weeks of training in Calgary, Alberta, including four days of one-on-one training at Head Office and the remaining time spent with hands-on learning at the training location.
Beyond the Classroom
Beyond the Classroom is a tutoring organization focused on boosting confidence in the children it tutors. Highly trained tutors work with families to customize the tutoring sessions, providing exactly what the student needs.
Beyond the Classroom has three core values: 1. It’s child-centred, which means meeting students where they are and cultivating a strong relationship 2. It respects family life with flexible scheduling and payment options and 3. It knows connection is crucial between the tutor and student.
CEFA Early Learning Schools
CEFA Early Learning is a leader in private schooling for children ages one to five and is looking for franchise partners to open facilities across Canada. Those who love being around children and families, have high standards, and believe in the value of education could own a CEFA School that uses the CEFA Enriched Curriculum and CEFA Certified Teachers. CEFA Early Learning Schools has over 20 years of experience to help franchisees get started today.
Chiquicuts Kids Hair Salon
Chiquicuts Kids Hair Salon is a unique salon that focuses on servicing the youth hairstyling industry. Its market is composed of children whose age ranges from six months to pre-teens. Chiquicuts offers two fabulous salon options: Chiquicuts Salon Express (investment ranges from $95K-$120K) and Chiquicuts Salon and Party venue (investment ranges from $160K-$210K).
Chiquicuts has created a simple, ready-to-use business model as well as an operation manual that will equip franchisees with all the vital information they need to carry out the day-to-day operations and the support needed to replicate the franchise model.
Enchanted Castle Inc.
Enchanted Castle Inc. initially began as an indoor private playground facility, but they soon discovered that their customers wanted more, so they started to think about how they could transform private parties into exciting adventures. This journey led them down a path of cakes, candy, mascots, home/corporate parties, party supplies, amazing kids’ products, product development, and new store concepts that showcase everything in a fun and magical way. Enchanted Castle Inc. is currently expanding throughout Ontario with hopes of one day expanding across Canada and internationally.
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Eye Level Learning Centres
Eye Level is the key to self-directed learning. Eye Level nurtures problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. A premier supplemental education and enrichment program, Eye Level offers an innovative and effective teaching method in a fun and exciting learning environment, where self-directed learning, individualized academic coaching, and critical thinking are at the core of helping children improve and excel in their academic pursuits.
Eye Level offers a competitive franchise opportunity for its partners with its effective program, backed up by the headquarters’ strong business-related support.
Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School is the premier learn-to-swim facility dedicated entirely to infants and children, ages four months to 12 years. The Goldfish Swim School franchise offers a cutting-edge swim school model positioned as the leader in the thriving and profitable children’s education and enrichment market, and is consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in franchising.
Goldfish Swim School franchisees attend the comprehensive four-week Goldfish University training program, which includes classroom and on-the-job experience, and receive pre-opening support and training at their franchise location.
Inspiration Learning Center
Inspiration Learning Center is invested in successful and dynamic learning featuring tutoring and private schools. It serves students of all ages with on-site private and group tutoring for all subjects.
Founded in 2003 in the Greater Toronto Area, the company is rapidly expanding on the strength of its unique combination of Eastern and Western teaching methods. With competitive start-up fees, franchisees get in on the ground floor of an exciting educational business opportunity. Franchisees also receive three weeks of initial training and ongoing training and support.
Kumon Math and Reading Centres
Kumon Math and Reading Centres is one of the largest and most established franchisors in the supplemental education industry. Kumon offers individualized, self-paced learning programs that have proven highly effective in helping children meet and exceed their grade level, regardless of age or ability. In the last 60 years, the Kumon method of learning has helped over 16 million students in over 50 countries achieve remarkable results by improving their subject proficiency and overall study.
Kumon provides low start-up costs, business incentives, and ongoing training and support for franchisees.
Level Up Learning Center
The Level Up team is passionate about improving the lives of students and parents in communities across the country. As campus owners, franchisees will make a significant and positive impact on the families and schools in their community by raising the bar on STEM education. Bringing Level Up to their community creates real, long-lasting improvements in the outlook, confidence, and academic success of students and instructors alike.
Level Up franchisees receive access to in-demand programming, comprehensive curriculum, great-looking facilities, ongoing training and support, and multiple revenue streams.
Lice Squad.com offers a unique business opportunity with unlimited potential. Lice Squad.com’s express and full service franchise business models, eco-friendly private label products, and The Mucci Method signature lice removal system are all designed for success.
This concept offers affordable start-up costs and flexible business options, and franchisees are supported through tried, tested, and true systems that really work. With comprehensive training and award-winning support, the Lice Squad.com team is with franchisees every step of the way on their journey to success. Lice Squad.com currently has 23 franchise locations, with exceptional opportunities available in many markets.
Little Kickers Canada Franchising Limited
Little Kickers’ weekly soccer classes for 18 months to seven years are jam-packed with fun and provide children with a positive introduction to sport and the foundation to lead a healthy and active life. Little Kickers has a proven track record of success both in the UK and internationally due to the quality of people it selects as franchisees, as well as the extensive training it provides. Franchisees who join the international team can enjoy a work-life balance they dream of while running their own profitable business.
The Mathnasium Learning Centre franchise presents a unique opportunity for franchisees to own and operate their own business while enriching the lives of children by helping them learn math in a way that makes sense to them. With an ever-growing demand of quality math instruction, the supplemental education industry is continually growing, making this opportunity one that shouldn’t be passed up.
Franchisees become part of the solution while fulfilling their own career aspirations by investing in themselves. They also receive initial training, ongoing training and support, and access to regional training and annual conventions.
Megamind Abacus Academy
Megamind Abacus Academy is a two-in-one after-school supplementary education franchise. It offers the Abacus Mental Math Program, as well as individualized tutoring programs for students in all grades for all subjects under one roof.
Megamind Abacus Academy is a 100 per cent Canadian-based company and the curriculum is designed to match the provincial requirements. The franchise is expanding its operations in Canada and is looking for passionate individuals to the team. It offers limited direct competition, a great market opportunity with huge demand, and low operating expenses.
Once Upon a Child
It’s no secret – kids grow and keeping up with their changing sizes and styles can be expensive. Once Upon A Child fills this need and is the solution for parents looking for high-quality gently used children’s apparel, toys, shoes, and equipment at affordable, family-friendly prices. It’s the largest national chain that specializes in reselling clothing and other items for children from infants through tweens.
This is the opportunity for franchisees to change their lives and make a difference in their communities while also joining up with the leader in the resale industry.
OutGROW OutPLAY is a one-of-a-kind seasonal pop-up baby and kids consignment resale event. It coordinates exciting three-day events twice a year that help families make and save money. They are Parent-Preneurs who are passionate about helping Canadian families quickly recycle and resell all the gently-used children’s items their kids OutGROW and OutPLAY. Parents earn 65-80 per cent selling their like-new items with OGOP and they also save up to 90 per cent off retail when buying seasonal items their children need.
Oxford Learning Centres, Inc.
Oxford Learning, the Canadian Franchise Association’s (CFA) Bronze Award recipient (systems with 100+ locations), is looking for franchisees who want to begin making a living that makes a difference. Help students worldwide from preschool to university improve their academic skills while developing higher levels of cognition and self-esteem.
Proudly Canadian with over 35 years as a proven franchise system, Oxford Learning’s unique cognitive learning program, proprietary curriculum, and comprehensive training are proven tools of success. Discover the rewards of helping children in school and in life.
Par-T-Perfect Party Planners Inc.
Par-T-Perfect is heading into its 30th year as Canada’s premier children’s event planners. It covers all aspects of event planning from backyard birthdays to corporate Christmas parties and outdoor festivals. In 2016, Par-T-Perfect launched its own line of party supplies with the introduction of Par-T-Pets, and has since launched many new products and services.
Par-T-Perfect provides a home-based, proven business model that allows for a more balanced life; full training and ongoing support that includes marketing and lead generation; and access to a large customer base.
Scholars Education Centre
Scholars Education Centre is a tutoring and supplemental education company that helps students by developing individualized tutoring programs to maximize their academic success and build their confidence. It provides tutoring and mentoring for students of all ages, in all grades, and in all subjects, and has proven results for its students, families, and franchisees.
Scholars is a family owned and operated system that depends on the success of every franchisee, and delivers industry-leading training and support for its franchisees. The ideal Scholars franchisee is passionate about education, continuous learning, and working with kids.
Sportball Systems Inc.
Whether franchisees are interested in the larger urban market franchise opportunity or in the smaller market franchise model, both provide an attractive and rewarding business opportunity for those who love working with children and who recognize the benefit of sports and activity-based programming. As leaders in the field of children’s health and physical literacy, Sportball offers high-energy, fun skills-based classes, camps, and clinics for kids aged 16 months to 12 years.
Franchisees can count on Sportball to provide regular training and support in the development of Sportball programs.
Stagecoach Performing Arts
Stagecoach Performing Arts was founded in 1988 and continues to grow as the UK’s largest network of extracurricular performing arts schools for children, with over 48,000 students enrolled in its weekly classes worldwide.
One of the first extracurricular children’s performing arts schools in the country, Stagecoach aims to inspire its students, making a difference in their lives by teaching Creative Courage For Life®.
With 350 franchises and 3,000 teachers worldwide, Stagecoach operates over 2,000 schools and classes and has a presence in eight countries including Canada, Germany, Malta, Spain, Gibraltar, Australia, and South Africa.
The Lunch Lady Group
The Lunch Lady is a proud Canadian company with nearly 25 years experience providing hot, healthy lunches to schools. It has now extended its lunch service to daycares, summer camps, workplaces, and senior centres. The unique franchise model offers a meaningful and fun career, community involvement, personal and financial achievement, and a flexible work schedule. Lunch Lady gives franchisees the unique opportunity to be their own boss and make a difference in their community, and offers support and tools along the way to ensure success.
Tutor Doctor franchise owners can make a great income while making a difference. Tutor Doctor franchise owners operate this white-collar, home-based business by managing a network of tutors. Franchisees benefit from a successful one-to-one tutoring model that eliminates the need for high overhead costs associated with a traditional bricks and mortar business.
Tutor Doctor franchisees can succeed with low overhead and high earning potential, can work from home to fit with their lifestyle, and will receive extensive training and support. Prime protected territories are still available in most areas.
UCMAS Mental Math
UCMAS Mental Math is a globally recognized and scientifically proven child development program based on Mental Math and Abacus for children aged four to 13 years. UCMAS applies innovative pedagogical techniques developed by specialists that include child development experts and child psychologists to leverage educational trends and to maintain a world-class quality Abacus Math program. UCMAS has helped develop brain capabilities of students across Canada and is considered as one of the best after school programs.
The UCMAS franchise support network helps franchisees reach their personal and business goals with a completely organized system.
Under the GUI Academy Inc.
Under the GUI Academy is a Canadian private educational group with a focus on STEM for Grades 1-12. The UTG curriculum adheres to the STEM philosophy with its integration of the core STEM subjects through app development, technology, digital media, and real-life applicable skills. It aspires to inspire its students to think critically and innovate with technologies on the fringe of our high-tech culture. Our teachers encourage students to expand their creativity through the creation of video games and apps. “GUI” stands for “Graphical User Interface,” or the Graphics.
Water Babies teaches world-class, progressive, and fun swimming lessons to more than 51,000 babies and toddlers in over 640 pools around the world every week. Water Babies has been featured in the media and won lots of awards over the last few years, both from families and franchise associations (2016 British Franchisor of the Year). Its proprietary program and system set it apart, but its real strength comes from people with passion. Water Babies is looking for franchisees to help them teach all the world’s children to swim.
Willowbrae Childcare Academy
Willowbrae Childcare Academy is a leading educational franchise that delivers a superior experience for parents, childcare professionals, and of course, children. Willowbrae Childcare Academy wants to share its success and know-how with interested entrepreneurs. The franchise focuses on owner, non-operator, and requires no industry experience. Offering prime franchise locations in Canada and the US, Willowbrae Childcare Academy has the experience and knowledge to guide franchisees from start-up to operations. Support services include real estate design and site development, advertising and marketing, quality assurance, revenue and CEO reporting, training and coaching, and technical support.
WP Creations (formerly Wee Piggies & Paws) started in 2001 and became an award-winning work-at-home franchise concept now with almost 40 Canadian locations. Business owners receive training, coaching, access to private support groups, and access to an online WP Creations University program. The sense of pride in owning their own business, while at the same time, flexibility to work around their family’s schedule, enables women to achieve the work-life balance they desire.
Along with a sincere love of children, the most successful WP Creations business owners are highly motivated, organized moms with a strong desire to succeed.